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September 01, 2014
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NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest...

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A few years back, some friends and I went to a seafood restaurant in eastern Long Island for dinner. As we walked through the entrance, I noticed a rectangular planter in which were growing some...

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The first day of summer is a joyous time of the year, plans of long days, warm nights, fire flies, reading books in the hammock, building sand castles on the beach. All the plans of summer lie...

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Don’t tell the boss, but I played hooky yesterday. Oh, sure, I’ve been busy. Zooming around the Upper Delaware River region in my chariot, I managed to exhaust myself (doesn’t take much) crossing...

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Talk to anyone who targets smallmouth on the Delaware River and you will know that now is the time. Just after I suggested that we were in the “dog days of summer” and that fishing could be dull,...

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A new 2.2-mile trail and boardwalk were dedicated earlier this month, providing easy public access to a 2,500-acre tract of special Pennsylvania property known as the Thomas Darling Nature...

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Little Sparrow to play at popular BBQ & barn dance event

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Back by popular demand, an Old-Fashioned BBQ and Barn Dance will be offered September 6 in celebration of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s (CCESC) 100 year anniversary. The public is invited to attend this special event at Bridle Hill Farm and to support the CCESC Centennial Campaign for an evening of homemade food, starting at 6 p.m., and dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Live music will be performed by Little Sparrow, a local Americana band.  Read more

Catskills Golden Age revue

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Bethel Theatre Works will present a new “Vaudeville in the Catskills Celebrates the Golden Age” on August 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and August 24 at 2 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum. Reminiscent of the 1950’s famous hotel era, the company has gathered an array of talent portraying legendary entertainers like Carmen Miranda, Steve Allen and Rosemary Clooney, as well as actual hotel entertainment staff who have worked in the Catskills resort industry over the years.  Read more

Kaahele and Friends to perform at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Kaahele and Friends will perform at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., on Sunday, August 24 at 7 p.m.

Kaahele is the Hawaiian word for “journey” and the professional name of singer/songwriter Kelly Hyde. Kaahele was born and raised in Callicoon, NY. Her affinity for music became apparent at a young age with her pursuit of both guitar and trumpet. As Kaahele grew up, she began to travel widely, eventually making her way to Hawaii.  Read more

Dear Bob

Author’s note: I don’t know if Sullivan County is in the coverage area for Bob Beierly’s publication Our Town, but here on the PA side of the river you can’t swing a cat without hitting one of his stands. A longtime feature of local life in Wayne and Pike counties, this free magazine, combining right-wing politics and sometimes salacious humor, has recently begun expanding its reach into Orange County, parts of New Jersey and other areas.  Read more

August daydreams and reflections

ther than during the winter months, August may be the toughest one for anglers, especially trout anglers. To start with, it’s hard to find water with a temperature in the 60s. So we’re relegated to small-mouth bass in river riffles or large-mouth in lakes and ponds, but it can be slow—you know, “dog days of summer.”  Read more

Wedding update Part I

A few weeks after I proposed to Emily last August we set a date for our wedding: November 22, 2014. At the time this was 14 months away, which obviously felt like an eternity.
Emily came home with a wedding-planning book, which included a very helpful checklist of things to do based on how far away from the wedding we were—figure out the wedding venue, choose bridesmaids and groomsmen, pick an officiant, send out “save the dates,” design invites, shop for wedding rings. Gradually we began to check things off the list.  Read more

Encore! Encore!

You know what they say: “everyone has an opinion….” and while that is certainly true, not everyone has a public forum with which to express theirs. I often feel like the luckiest guy in the world, since the powers that be at The River Reporter have given me a wide berth to do just that—offer my “humble opinion” on the world of arts and leisure here in the Upper Delaware River region, but rest assured, I don’t take the responsibility lightly.  Read more

Liberty Free Theatre celebrates Woodstock

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre, in association with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), will present “By the Time We Got to Woodstock,” by acclaimed novelist and playwright Rilla Askew, at the Tusten Theatre on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m. This special event will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the world-famous Woodstock Festival. The performance will begin with a multi-media presentation of the 1969 concert, followed by the play, after which the audience is invited to eat, drink and dance to the original music.  Read more

'Paint by Pixels' - an iPad and tablet art exhibit

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Paint by Pixels,” a group exhibit of digital paintings made on iPads and other tablets, opens with a reception on Friday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through September 6. This is exhibit is sponsored in part by Epson and ArtRage.

“We decided to have an iPad show, mainly, because it is a fun, immediate, and thoroughly democratic medium,” said Tom Bosket, the co-curator with Alexis Siroc of the “Paint by Pixels” exhibit.  Read more

Shandelee Music Festival presents two more concerts

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, August 16 at 3 p.m. the Shandelee Music Festival will present Anna Han, the first prize winner of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation’s 2012 New York International Piano Competition. Han will perform a solo piano concert featuring the music of Bach and Siloti, Beethoven, Chopin, Dorman and Scriabin.  Read more

'Flotsam & Jetsam' photography by Karen Bell

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Flotsam & Jetsam,” an exhibit of photography by Karen Bell, opens with a reception on Friday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through September 6.

A resident of New York City, Bell spends a good deal of time in the Upper Delaware River region and in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, where she has re-discovered an intense attraction to nature and incorporated it into her creative process.  Read more

Grey Towers is setting for harp performance

MILFORD, PA — Duo Scorpio is a New York City-based harp duo that will perform in an outdoor performance at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. The concert is presented by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs.  Read more

Fremont Center history slideshow

FREMONT CENTER, NY — An interactive slideshow focusing on “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” will be presented by professional photographer Steve Strauss on Sunday, August 17, at 2 p.m. at the Fremont Center Community Church Social Hall located on County Road 94. The free program is open to the public and appropriate to all ages. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more

History of the threatre & the movies in the Catskills

MONTICELLO, NY — Historian John Conway will be at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. to give a lecture on local theater and movie history. Learn about Sullivan County’s theater history, and about movies shot in the Catskills. This lecture is for adults and teens.

This program is free and open to the public. It will take place downstairs in the children’s room of the library, which is not handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Joanna a t 845/794-4660, ext. 8, or by email at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

Liberty Festival rescheduled

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Festival that was supposed to be held on the Fourth of July has been rescheduled by popular demand as Liberty’s Labor Day Blast on Saturday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street.  Read more

Artful Bears make their debut for the Black Bear Film Festival

MILFORD, PA — The 15th Black Bear Film Festival’s annual Artful Bear Debut will take place on the lawn of the Milford Community House, 201 Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 16.  Read more

UpFront's summer exhibit and artists' reception

PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its summer artists reception and exhibition on Saturday, August 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. In celebration, at the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food and refreshments.

The exhibit will feature artists of all mediums, including two prominent artists from Bangladesh, Kazi Rakib and Masuda Kazi.  Read more

Inaugural acoustic bluegrass jam at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will hold an acoustic bluegrass jam on Wednesday, August 20 at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. This jam will be led by Campfire Jones and Buckshot Jenkins.  Read more

Lenape Nation journeys down the Delaware: New treaty seeks partners to be caretakers of the land

At the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen on August 4, representatives of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Wallenpaupack Historical Society signed the treaty, along with Robin Hoose (Lenape name: Good-Hearted Woman), a volunteer with the Lenape Nation for the past 12 years, who assisted with public relations for the trip and shuttling the paddlers on the journey.  Read more